Happening Today: Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Local first responders and the American Red Cross have joined forces for a little friendly competition in an effort to save lives. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

A blood drive in Asheville on Wednesday, February 21st, aims to help save lives and spark some friendly competition.

News 13’s Lauren Brigman is live on News 13 This Morning from First Baptist Church ahead of the drive that kicks off at 8 a.m. It runs through 5 p.m.

Local representatives from Asheville Police Department, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, Buncombe County EMS, Asheville Fire Department, and the NC Highway Patrol will be battling to collect the most donations.

This is the 8th year for this blood drive, with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s office returning as the defending champion.

Maya Franklin, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross says 130 units of blood were collected at last year’s drive. She says that’s enough to impact almost 400 lives.

Franklin says while local needs are met first, if there is a need elsewhere in the country the American Red Cross responds.

She says the American Red Cross has already sent 50 units of blood to Florida in response to the high school shooting that happened one week ago in Parkland, Florida.

Community members can also take part in the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive and choose which agency will receive credit for your donation.

Those wishing to donate can stop in, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or log on to redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code avlbattleofbadges.

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